On February 26th 2006, I was in a packed press conference shooting with a preproduction L1 on the first day of PMA 2006 Panasonic revealed their first digital SLR, the DMC-L1. The DMC-L1 represents another first, it’s the first non-Olympus Four Thirds digital SLR which has to be good news for the system which has up until now been an Olympus only affair. When it was announced many noted the resemblance to the E-330, this is no coincidence as the DMC-L1 shares its optical subsystem (lens mount, mirror box, viewfinder, auto focus and exposure sensors) with the Olympus E-330.

Here are a few photos from the L1.

The L1 features the same 7.5 megapixel ‘LiveMOS’ sensor used in the E-330 (which we now know is manufactured by Panasonic), this provides the camera with TTL live view capability in a similar manner to the E-330. Unlike the E-330 however the DMC-L1 does not have a secondary Live View CCD and so provides only one Live View mode, this is known as ‘B mode’ on the E-330 and utilizes the main image sensor. The downside to this is that although the DMC-L1 provides auto focus in Live View it requires the mirror to be lowered and raised again during focusing.

Along the way to Bryce Canyon
Death Valley
New York City

15 years later Lumix now has a full line of mirrorless cameras!

I’ve been a contractor for Panasonic since 1983 and will continue serving their photographic needs..

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Episode “4”

Life in Sanderson, Texas

via Panasonic Lumix 4/3rds and Full Frame

For the last 40+ years I’ve been a photographer using every format, 8×10 to 35mm both film and digital. The question now is will I switch from 4/3rds to full frame since Panasonic/Lumix just announced two FF Cameras. The answer is no! I used 8×10 when I needed higher resolution but for most of my work I used 4×5. Interesting it’s the same crop factor. So for all my documentary and people photography, I will continue to use the smaller and lighter 4/3rds gear. However, when I need the Full Frame resolution for commercial work I will use it. It’s the right tool for the task at hand. One 4/3rds bag with 11 lenses 2 bodies and all the accessories is perfect for my Photographing America Project. Another bag with Full Frame gear for when I need it. Most importantly I truly enjoy making photographs! That’s my game plan. Enjoy the Art of Photography and use the tools necessary to reach your goals.. Thank you for reading!! Best, Rick G..

Starting September 23rd, I’ll be traveling in my Xterra with 440,321 miles so far to approx 14 States! I have commercial assignments as well as presentations to Camera clubs and Panasonic/Lumix Dealers. Traveling on the road rather than by air gives me the opportunity to meet interesting people in out of the way places, make photos and hear their stories. Feel free to follow along on a virtual road trip..

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Monowi is the smallest incorporated town in the USA with a population of “1”.. Elsie Eiler owns and operates the famous Monowi Tavern with great food and the coldest beer in town. Read the rest of this entry »

Bug out day! Getting the cars ready for race day..